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what Monsters exist in African mythology?

I'm looking for information on Monsters from African folklore, preferably the ones that hurt, kill or eat people. I'm asking on here because google has very little
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When did Mythology start? [closed]

What are the dates of the oldest known writing/record of Myths from cultures? When did mythologies emerge? What was the first Mythology, last Mythology and between? To put this question (one question ...
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Are there any monkey gods in Africa?

The Mayans had Hun Batz, the Chinese have the Monkey King, and the Hindus have Hanuman. Monkeys are also indigenous to Africa, so I'm assuming there are also simian gods from that region.
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Why do Ethiopians play gena on Christmas?

Traditionally, people in Ethiopia play gena - a rugby/field hockey like game - on Christmas day. Where does this tradition come from?
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What is the significance of the number of orishas?

According to Wikipedia, different oral traditions refer to different numbers of orishas: Yoruba tradition often says that there are 401 orishas, which is associated with a sacred number. Other ...
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How is Odudua the Orisha of Earth?

Odudua is the Orisha (Yoruban deity) of Earth. She is said to be the personification of Earth and is the sister of Olorun, the god of the sky and ruler of the Orishas. However, his son, Oduduwa,is ...
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How were the Orishas born?

Orishas are the deities that form the Yoruban pantheon. Their ruler is Olorun. However, while I was reading up on them, I was unable to find out about how the Orishas were created. How were these gods ...
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Why did Unkulunkulu send the lizard after the chameleon?

In Chapter II: Where Man Came From, and How Death Came of Alice Werner's Myths and Legends of the Bantu we find the chameleon legend of the Bantu people. The legend explains how death came into the ...
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Why doesn't Mukiti want Mwindo to visit his aunt?

In the african folklore epic Muwindo, Muwindo goes to see his aunt Iyangura after his father attempts to murder him. However, the husband of Iyangury, Mukiti, does not want Muwindo to do so and blocks ...